Games from the 26th:
Matsui's single to right off David Huff in the 5th inning came on a 2-2 change. Matsui becomes the second Japanese player behind Ichiro Suzuki to record 1,000 hits in the Majors. Incidentally, Ichiro recorded his 1,0o0th hit in his 696th game while Matsui recorded his in his 937th game.
Matsui also recorded his 500th career MLB strikeout (he struck out 934 times with the Giants over 10 years and collected 1,390 hits).
Matsui now sets his sights on recording his 1,500th NPB + MLB RBI (2 more to go).
Royals 3 - Mariners 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 2-for-5: ground out to first, ground out to the catcher, infield single, single to center (stole second and third), fly out to center.
Red Sox 13 - Blue Jays 12
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 8th with the Red Sox up, 13-10, and could not record an out -- he gave up three consecutive singles that led to two earned runs. Final line: 0 IP, 3 BF, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2 R, 2 ER.
Cubs 4 - Nationals 3
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game in the bottom of the 9th as a pinch-hitter, with the score tied at three, and flied out to center. He did not take the field in the top of the 10th.
Cardinals 4 - Braves 3
Takashi Saito entered the game in the 8th with the scored tied. He faced a total 6 batters and allowed one run on 2 doubles and a walk. Saito picked up his first loss of the year. His final line: 1 IP, 6 BF, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 R, 1 ER.
It looks like Hisanori Takahashi will get to start a game on the 28th against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was originally slated to make a start on the 23rd, but that was put off when he experienced numbness in his left elbow.
Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed a simulated game on the 26th. He went four innings, did not give up any hits, walked 3 and struck out 9. Two outfielders and one member of the staff were Matsuzaka's opponents. Terry Francona started calling balls and strikes partway through the session. At one point, they even had Matsuzaka return to the bullpen after recording three outs for further "realism."
Hiroki Kuroda's start on the 26th was postponed due to rain. He will now pitch in the first game of a double-header on the 27th.